Higher, faster, farther, greater than it has ever been done before is the human spirit. Gravity, Inertia, Drag and Velocity are sciences that seemingly must be tested.
The great thinkers and scientists have defined much of the how and why, and the commonality is that they all had the same desire to test, solve and challenge the physics of the planet.
Flight … man’s need to fly has ranged from Icarus’ mythological sun flight to Kennedy’s declaration of traveling to the moon.
Every discovery needs a monumental success and the Wright brothers, Orville and Wilbur invented and built the world’s first successful airplane to define flight as we accept it. In the observation of birds, the brothers studied how they soared into the wind and that the air flowing over the curved surface of their wings created lift and that birds change the shape of their wings to turn and maneuver. The brothers then sought out to use the observations to create an adaptable wing to gain the control needed to actually fly. They decided to build a wind tunnel to test a variety of wing shapes and their effect on lift. Yes there were the expected doubters, but Orville Wright took their design for a 12-second flight on 17 December 1903, it was the first successful, powered, piloted flight in history. It took a bit of time, but the exploration and documentation of our universe was significantly altered by this advanced method of travel they developed.
“I love the feeling of fresh air on my face and the wind blowing through my hair.” Evel Knievel
Sport is a practical world where we see the attributes of what the great minds could theorize about. On New Year’s Eve Robbie Maddison and Levi Levallee took months of research, readiness and training to launch into the San Diego night in search of world record flying aboard non-winged crafts. Calculated athletes that may appear to be daredevils landed safely by using all of the great thinkers discoveries and knowledge.
The result … the same as it was on the December day a century earlier in Kitty Hawk. An inspiration for both them and others to take it higher, faster, farther, greater than it has ever been done before … again. Here’s to edges and limits and those that test them. They are the motivators to join or witness en route to rediscovering what is possible.